White House Defends Plan to Eliminate Obama-era Internet Privacy Rules

Posted April 10, 2017

"President Trump now has the opportunity to veto this resolution and show he is not just a president for CEOs but for all Americans", said the ACLU's Neema Singh Guliani.

The companies have said the privacy rules put them at a disadvantage compared with websites like Facebook and Google, which aren't normally regulated by the FCC and weren't affected by the rules.

The White House on Thursday defended a bill recently passed by Congress to repeal Obama-era internet privacy protections, saying the move was meant to create a fair playing field for telecommunication companies.

The rules bar internet providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content and prohibit giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway, to certain internet services.

Be prepared to bid adieu to your online privacy. Institutions should take care to reinforce privacy best practices with students and staff, including using VPNs, encrypted browsers, and clearing app and browsing history on all devices often. The White House had earlier said that the new U.S. president strongly supported the repeal of the rules.

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Currently, with sites that collected personal data such as Facebook and Google, you have the option to opt out of the collection of your data.

But rather than apply similar protections to more businesses, the Republican-controlled Congress voted to scrap the rules entirely.

The House voted 215 to 205 in favor of striking the regulations, following the Senate's resolution to do so last week.

Democrats and privacy advocates have argued this approach effectively hands over the customer's personal information to the highest bidder. "I don't want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it".

And, because of the current legal landscape, the Federal Trade Commission is already barred from policing Internet service providers. One service, NordVPN, says it has seen a "sharp increase" in consumer interest in the days since the Senate vote.